Monday, June 18, 2018


The Elizabethan era is the time in the Tudor period of England during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I.  It is often depicted as the golden age in English history.  During her reign, there was an increase in poetry, music, and literature; this is when William Shakespeare composed his plays.  This time also saw some peace between the Protestants and Catholics.

Looking for more information?  Here are a couple of nonfiction works that may help.

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn
Elizabeth's Rival by Nicola Tallis
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton
Four Queens and a Countess by Jill Armitage

If you are a fan of this time period, you may enjoy one of these novels.

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
Queen of this Realm by Jean Plaidy
Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle
Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Monday, June 11, 2018


School is out, and summer vacation has begun!  Summer is a great time to read.  Whether you need something to occupy your time on a long road trip or as you sit by the pool, the library has something for you.  And, while you stop by the library, make sure you enter into the Summer Library Club.  Adult, teens, and kids each have their own reading challenge and reading records that will be available until August 18th.

To kick off summer, here is a list of books with summer in the title to get you started reading.

Adult Fiction:
Summer by Karen Kingsbury
One Summer by David Baldacci
Dark Summer by Iris Johansen
Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Young Adult Fiction:
Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Children's Fiction:
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Summer Supper by Rubim Pfeffer
A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Ziarnik
Summer of the Sea Serpent by Mary Pope Osborne
Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries by David Adler

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Monday, June 4, 2018


The June Antemeridians book for discussion is How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry.  Henry grew up as an army child which resulted in her attending many different schools.  She attended Bristol University and worked as a Production Secretary and script editor before turning to writing.  She has written 19 novels and has written for newspapers and magazines.

How To Find Love in a Bookshop follows the owner of Nightingale books, Emilia Nightingale, who inherited the shop after her father's death.  As the story progresses, Emilia is approached by property developers pushing for her to sell the business, and she struggles to avoid the temptation to sell as she promised her father she would keep the store alive.  Along the way, we meet many loyal customers and learn how the bookshop has played a role in their lives.

Here a few of Veronica Henry's books.  For a complete list visit,

An Eligible Bachelor
A Family Recipe
The Forever House
The Apple Orchard

Interested in other book-centered novels?  Try one of these works today!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
First Impressions by Charles C. Lovett
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Monday, May 28, 2018

YA Graphic Novel Series

We have recently added some new series to our young adult graphic novel collection! Here are a few that we're excited about.

Berrybrook Middle School by Svetlana Chmakova

Each book in this series follows a diverse cast of characters who are all students in Berrybrook Middle School. Awkward and Brave are currently out. The third installment, Crush, is due out in 2018!

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in mainstream comics in the 1960s. Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisis Coates has teamed up with illustrator Brian Stelfreeze to bring this superhero and his world to modern audiences. We have the first two volumes of the series at our library and more will be coming!

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations by Ukyo Kodachi

This Japanese manga series was originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series is a spin-off of Masahi Kishimoto's Naruto. It follows the orignial character Natuto Uzumaki's son, Boruto and his ninja team. Right now, we have the first three volumes available for checkout. You can also borrow the anime movie as well!

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

This series first debuted in 2015. It follows a group of friends at summer camp and and all of the weird, supernatural creatures they encounter. We have the first four volumes for check out now and will be adding more! You can also check out the entire series as eBooks with Hoopla.

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV  

Jory transfers to an all boys high school and has trouble fitting in. He joins stage crew and discovers a magical world behind the stage. We currently have the first two volumes available for check out.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bread Baking

Curious about learning to bake your own bread at home? Then try one of these great books!

Bread Illustrated: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Bakery-Quality Results at Home by America's Test Kitchen

A fantastic guide for beginners with recommendations on everything from tools and equipment to how to store your delicious loaves! Plus, many different bread recipes with photographs showing each step along the way.

100 Great Breads by Paul Hollywood

Fans of the Great British Bake Off will enjoy trying out some of Paul Hollywood's favorite recipes. Includes recipes, technical advice, and a historical look at bread. If you need more GBBO in your life, you can also stream Mary Berry's Bread on Hoopla.

One Dough, Ten Breads by Sarah Black

Great photographs accompany recipes that will take you from beginner loaves to more adventurous combinations of flavors and techniques.

Wild Bread: Sourdough Reinvented by MaryJane Butters

A 2018 release by the creator of MaryJanesFarm magazine that aims to reinvent the idea of naturally fermented sourdough by making it easier to do in your own home and providing a wider range of versatile recipes.

If you need some ideas of what to do with all your delicious bread check out Better on Toast: Happiness on a Slice of Bread: 70 Irresistible Recipes by Jill Donenfeld.

Happy bread baking!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Author Spotlight: Peter H. Reynolds

At tomorrow's Book Buddies we are reading Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. Book Buddies is a book club for kids in Kindergarten - Grade 2 where we read together and do fun activities based on the book. This month is all about art and creativity!

Peter Hamilton Reynolds is a Canadian artist who has illustrated and written many books for kids. His "Creatrilogy" - The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color - focus on creativity, learning, and self-expression. On his website, Peter talks about being inspired by his 7th grade teacher to draw and tell stories. He says, "My journey has been dedicated to helping kids, especially the "off the path" kids. I was one of them myself. Not every student is lucky enough to have a teacher, or adult, see his or her potential. When I visit students in schools they ask me what my hobbies are. I say thinking, dreaming. If my art and stories can help inspire others to do the same, I'll feel my life had meaning."

You can learn more about Peter at his website or by reading some of his wonderful books.

Books written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
The Word Collector
Happy Dreamer
Playing From the Heart
Sky Color
Rose's Garden
The North Star
So Few of Me
The Best Kid in the World
My Very Big Little World
The Dot
The Smallest Gift of Christmas
I'm Here

Books by other authors illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
Someday and Little Boy by Alison McGhee
Tess's Tree by Jess Braillier
Free to Be You and Me 35th Anniversary Edition by Marlo Thomas and Friends
Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald
Olivia Kidney and Olivia Kidney and the Exit Academy by Ellen Potter
The Alley and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode by Eleanor Estes

Monday, May 7, 2018

Construction Books for Young Children

This April we officially broke ground on our library expansion project. We have been excitedly watching our crew working as they build our 8,000 sqft addition. It's been fun to see so many young children in our community watching the big machines and construction site when they visit the library. So, in the spirit of our big construction project, here is a list of some great construction books for young children so that you can bring the joy of big machines home from the library!

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
This new book is brilliantly illustrated in monochromatic gray with pops of meaningful color. Kids will love the big machines and the emotional story. The  themes of environmentalism and conversation are introduced in a very child friendly way.

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
This book, by the beloved author of the Llama Llama books, tells the story of Little E. Little E is a small excavator who wants to help the big machines work as they build a park. Dewdney's well known charm shines through this sweet story.

Tip Tip Dig Dig and Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia
Emma Garcia has many wonderful, brightly illustrated books for kids including these two titles that feature tools, trucks, and construction. Her rhythmic text makes these a lot of fun to read aloug.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
One by one the machines power down and turn in for the night. Kids will love learning the names of each machine and the kind of work they do.

Construction and Construyendo by Sally Sutton
This board book, available in both English and Spanish, is a great introduction to custruction vehicles for very young children. The machines work together to build a library!

Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown
A charming rendition of the popular lullaby, hush little baby. In this book a dad sings his son to sleep assuring him that he is better than a dump truck, a backhoe, and all of the other big machines.